Artist John Bloom dies


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Posted Online: May 24, 2002, 12:00 am
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- John Bloom, who studied with Grant Wood and became known in the Midwest for his paintings of farm scenes, died at his home Tuesday. He was 96.

Early in his career, Bloom's work caught the eye of Wood, who invited Bloom to work with him at his study in Stone City, near Anamosa.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Bloom worked with Wood on several mural projects, and later received commissions to do similar work in post offices in DeWitt and Tipton.

It was then that Bloom met Isabel Scherer, who also lived in Woods' artists' colony. Scherer and Bloom married in 1938.

Isabel Bloom became a noted artist whose popular sculptures of chubby cherubs, children, birds and animals made her a recognized name in the Midwest. She died at 93 on May 1, 2001.

The couple, married for 63 years, collaborated on a children's book titled ``The Story of Little Cat.'' Isabel wrote the text, and John did the illustrations.

They had three sons. Jerry of Davenport and Tom of Oxford survive. Charles preceded his parents in death.

John Bloom, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, also did interior decorating and painted numerous houses in his native DeWitt.

Drawing animals in pen and ink remained a favorite medium and his work has been featured in one-man shows in the Quad Cities. Several pieces are in the permanent collection of the Davenport Museum of Art.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport. Visitation is scheduled for Friday.
















 




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